Crying Is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings

Heather Hawk Feinberg, illus. by Chamisa Kellogg. Tilbury House, $17.95 (36p) ISBN 978-0-88448-723-4
Centering on a child getting walked to school by an older sibling, Feinberg uses the changing weather as an extended metaphor for fluctuating emotions. Textural illustrations by Kellogg provide a sprightly backdrop to the characters’ journey. Two consecutive spreads—one depicting clear skies as the duo traverse a rural road, the next depicting the gathering storm as a man tending his sunflowers waves to the siblings—stand out, the perspective shift reflecting characters’ reactions to the weather. While some passages feel heavy-handed (“When you are worried or upset,/ scared or lonely, or something deep/ within feels off balance, there is/ a storm building inside you”), the book stands as a reliable entrée for adults to support young readers’ emotional processing. Back matter includes mindfulness activities and advice for caretakers on how to discuss feelings with children. Ages 6–8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/18/2020
Release date: 08/18/2020
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 36 pages - 978-0-88448-724-1
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